The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Hanna Ketola

Research Associate

Background

I moved from Finland to UK to study Politics at SOAS in 2005 and later completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Sussex. I worked in child rights- and international development NGOs in Nepal and UK before gaining an ESRC 3 year scholarship to do a PhD in King's College London. I completed my thesis in 2017 and joined the University of Newcastle in October the same year.

My PhD research explored women's political agency in the context of peacebuilding in Nepal, focusing on experiences of women ex-fighters and women activists. My research contributes to the feminist IR scholarship by developing a unique theoretical approach to women's agency in the context of peacebuilding, fusing postcolonial theories of subaltern politics and feminist theories of agency.

I am currently a Research Associate with the ESRC 'Military to Market' project at Newcastle. This project closely aligns with my research interests in feminist and post-colonial theories of international relations, feminist engagements with peace and security and politics of Nepal.

 

Research

My research is rooted in feminist social and political theory and feminist International Relations. My PhD thesis explored the politics of women's agency in post-conflict Nepal, focusing on women who fought in the Maoist army and women engaged in collective mobilisations around the issue of disappearance. The thesis introduces a new theoretical approach to women's agency in the context of peacebuilding by fusing postcolonial theories of subaltern politics and feminist theories of agency. 

My broader research interests include: feminist theories of agency and embodiment, gender and peacebuilding, subaltern politics, ethnographic methods in international relations, politics of Nepal, time and temporality in IR.